The Art Museum is dedicated to being one of the finest visual arts museums in the Carolinas. In our 10 galleries art exhibits change throughout the year. At any given time you might enjoy watercolors, oils, textiles, sculpture, ceramics or photography. We also periodically feature selected exhibits from the Museum's permanent collections.
  Deane Ackerman, Foliage on Red, 2009, 35-1/2" x 31-1/2", colored pencil
Franklin G. Burroughs - Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum - Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Franklin G. Burroughs - Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum - Myrtle Beach, South Carolina




David Shriver Soliday, Combahee Oxbow, 1987, photograph, 32" x 48"










Jonathan Green, Loaded Rice Barge, 2013 acrylic on paper, 11" x 14", private collection.




Jim Arendt, Ryan and Greg, 2011, denim, 57" x 56", State Art Collection



Contemporary Conversations II

September 20 - December 27, 2015

Curated by Eleanor Heartney, author and contributing editor to Art in America and Artpress, Contemporary Conversations II makes up one half of a two-part exhibit composed of works by 95 contemporary South Carolina artists. The exhibition is designed to suggest both the quality and diversity of the state's edge geometric abstraction to surrealist tinged dreamscapes. Works are inspired by social issues, memory, local and national history, imagination, art of the past and aesthetic theory. Together they reflect the many voices and diverse concerns of South Carolina artists. The Art Museum will exhibit 37 works from Contemporary Conversations II (CCII) and one additional piece from CCI.


The State Art Collection is supported in part by the SC Arts Foundation and First Citizens. The State Art Collection is a program of the South Carolina Arts Commission. Contemporary Conversations is the most extensive traveling exhibition of the collection.



Remnants of the Rice Culture: Photographs by David Shriver Soliday

September 29, 2015- January 7, 2016

Remnants of the Rice Culture features aerial photography of retired by still extant tideland rice fields in the South Carolina Lowcountry by David Shriver Soliday. Soliday of Charleston, South Carolina, whose work has been featured in such major publications as National Geographic, National Wildlife and Smithsonian, began photographing Lowcountry rice culture in 1977. His beautiful sharp and graphic-looking images are printed on infused aluminum sheet metal, a sleek and contemporary look that juxtaposes wonderfully with the sweeping views of South Carolina's colonial past. These photographs, aside from the awe and understanding the incredible skill and expertise it took to construct the highly intelligent hydraulic systems of dikes and canals that connected plantation rice fields to one another as well as the vast amount of land that was cultivated by hundreds and thousands of enslaved Africans. From an aerial perspective, Soliday presents us with a unique way of looking at tideland rice culture. We get a visualization of how the various tasks on the ground, or in the fields, coalesced into the entire, complex rice plantation system.



Rice: Paintings by Jonathan Green

September 29, 2015- January 7, 2016

South Carolina artist Jonathan Green presents us with a collection of drawings and paintings representative of the Lowcountry rice culture. The works were created as a proud example of America's African descendants, whose agricultural knowledge and skill propelled South Carolina's colonial plantation economy into one dominantly sustained by rice production. With bright, bold colors and patterns, sweeping landscapes, billowing clothing and joyful figures toiling in Lowcountry rice fields, Green's perspective of the historical past poses the question: "What if African people came here like everyone else - unchained, unenslaved?" Rice will bring to life the pride Green feels for his Gullah ancestors, who despite the tough work and often perilous conditions of tideland rice cultivation, survived, thrived and created the rich and vibrant Gullah culture unique to our coast.



Indigo: Works in Denim by Jim Arendt

September 29, 2015- January 7, 2016

Indigo, second to rice, was one of South Carolina's most important cash crops during the colonial period, as its leaves could be processed and fermented to yield a blue dye. It is with indigo dye that denim gets its blue color. For Myrtle Beach artist, Jim Arendt, Assistant Professor and Gallery Director at Coastal Carolina University, denim "is tinged with the bitterness of the work of enslaved Africans, who produced the valuable blue due of indigo." As an artistic medium, denim becomes a vehicle for people to think about our relationship with work and labor and how it shapes our lives. Indigo is a celebration of the tenacity and resilience of people and exhibits Arendt's life-size portrayals of friends and family members, which are constructed of layered, cut pieces of varying shades of denim.


Rice: Paintings by Jonathan Green and Indigo: Works in Denim by Jim Arendt generously sponsored by:

AVX/Kyocera Foundation

Blue Cross BlueShield of SC

Nancy and Billy Cave


South Carolina Humanities Council

Wells Fargo


Rice and Indigo Education Initiative generously sponsored by:

Burroughs & Chapin Company, Inc.

Moglia Foundation

South Carolina Arts Commission

TD Charitable Foundation








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